The Status of Kenyan Aluminum Recycling Industry

  • Daniel Wang’ombe Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Stephen M. Maranga Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Mose Bruno Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Thomas O. Mbuya University of Nairobi

Abstract

Aluminum  enters Kenya as imported products, and Scrap is either recycled locally or exported. A survey was conducted in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru to study sources, quantity and composition of the scrap through a material flow analysis. A questionnaire, site visits and interviews were used to collect data for the year 2015 from 34 scrap dealers and 29 foundries. Further,  data on  aluminum  exports and imports was provided by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS). Major sources of the scrap were motor vehicle, household and building parts.  Scrap dealers sold 7,059.6 Mt  of scrap to the foundries; composed of 38, 37,  and  25 % of rolled, cast and extruded scrap respectively. However, the surplus cast scrap (68.4 %) was exported. The foundries consumed 11,028 Mt of:  end of life scrap, internal scrap and primary  aluminium. A net addition of 36,782 Mt indicates that more scrap will be available in future.
Keywords— Aluminum, recycling, scrap, secondary alloy
Published
Sep 26, 2017
How to Cite
WANG’OMBE, Daniel et al. The Status of Kenyan Aluminum Recycling Industry. Proceedings of Sustainable Research and Innovation Conference, [S.l.], p. 194-199, sep. 2017. ISSN 2079-6226. Available at: <http://sri.jkuat.ac.ke/ojs/index.php/proceedings/article/view/597>. Date accessed: 24 feb. 2018.